Pennsylvania Regulations

Regulatory Update

The Keystone State has been working to “Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful” since 1988, when it passed Act 101, its mandatory recycling law. The legislation requires communities of more than 5,000 residents to choose a minimum of 3 commonly recyclable materials for curbside pick-up more recent legislation requires commercial and industrial recycling of cans, corrugated cardboard, office paper & leaf waste. Discover more about the value of recycling regulation in our blog post, Why Mandatory Commercial Recycling Laws are Good for Business.

Meanwhile, The City of Brotherly Love has taken the lead on mandated energy benchmarking. As part of its Greenworks plan, Philadelphia enacted a benchmarking and public disclosure ordinance in 2014 to encourage a 10 percent energy consumption reduction by the following year. The law requires commercial buildings larger than 50,000 sq. ft. to benchmark and report their energy and water consumption annually via the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

Most recently, The City of Pittsburgh established energy and water benchmarking mandates. City owned buildings that are over 50,000 sq. ft. must comply by June 1, 2017. The remaining private-sector buildings must comply by June 1, 2018.


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